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“Frank, You had a post I was trying to comment on....but it disappeared.
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“Frank, You had a post I was trying to comment on....but it disappeared.
Why did you delete it?
Did too many people agree with Shaun King?
How can we have dialogue if you delete stuff like this?
Mr. King is giving the opinion of MANY Americans, including me.
I dare you to have the guts to put your post back up.”

That was a comment I got from someone last week after I took down a post about this cartoon.

Shaun King pinned this cartoon to the top of his page.
It’s been shared over 40,000 times.

I questioned what was the point of the cartoon?
How does posting this help improve race relations?
How does it bring people together?

To me it just feels like a cartoon that is meant to tap into the anger of millions of Americans.
And I don’t understand the point of that.

For the record I’ve defended Colin Kaepernick right from the beginning for kneeling during the National Anthem.
I think he started a national conversation on a very important issue.
And I applaud him for that.

But I ended up deleting my post because I didn’t feel like it was creating dialogue.
It felt like it was just creating even more anger.
And I don’t think that’s helpful.

People also accused me of using my daughter (who is black) as a crutch.

They said in no uncertain terms that just because I have a black daughter doesn’t mean I have any idea what it’s like to be black.

They are correct.
I have no clue what it’s like to be black in America.
I’ve never experienced any kind of racism.

However my daughter has opened my eyes to a lot of things.
I see the world through a totally different lens now.
I also know what it’s like to “worry” about whether she will be treated differently because of the color of her skin.

And as her dad that’s tough.
I think about it every day.
And it makes me really angry.

That’s why I wade into discussions like this.
It’s not easy to read some of the things that people write about me.
But I think it’s important to try to keep the conversation going.

All I care about is getting people to see each other as human beings.
To come together.
To stop yelling and to talk AND listen instead.

So here’s my question:
How does a cartoon like this help?
(And I mean that as a serious question)

Who knows maybe I’m totally wrong.
Maybe cartoons like this ARE important.

I’m totally open to hearing different perspectives.
I just ask the same thing I always ask.
Please keep the comments respectful.


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